Heather McCargo, Executive Director, is an educator with 30 years experience in plant propagation, landscape design and conservation. A former head plant propagator at the New England Wild Flower Society’s Garden in the Woods, she has lectured nationally and is widely published in horticultural journals and magazines.
Lucy Birkett, President, has spent many years organic gardening, community organizing, and studying the world around her. A naturalist with a B.A. in English from Hobart and William Smith Colleges and a certificate in Native Plants and Ecological Horticulture from the Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens, Lucy currently works on an organic farm, sells native plants grown from seed, and offers plant identification and inventory. Lucy lives with her family in Freeport, Maine.
Jennifer Claster is a Maine-licensed landscape architect practicing throughout the state and New England. She earned a master’s of landscape architecture at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, and studied community, regional, and environmental studies as an undergraduate at Bard College. She lives in the Portland area.
Stina Kayser, Secretary, is a Managing Director and General Counsel of Bio-Logical Capital, in Denver, Colorado as well as for Urban Villages, Inc. She received the CREW Denver 2009 Woman of Vision Green Pioneer Award for her role in developing, operating, assisting and advising economically profitable and environmentally sustainable businesses.
Peter Milliken lives in North Yarmouth and was the founder of a community music center in the neighboring town of Yarmouth. His work centers on the arts and conservation, and he currently serves on the board of Portland Ovations. In the past decades, he has served on the board of Maine Audubon Society, Figures of Speech Theatre and on the North Yarmouth Conservation Commission. Peter has been a resident of Maine for much of his life.
Suzanne Morse PhD is the Newlin Chair of Botany at the College of the Atlantic and a visiting professor in life sciences at Norwegian University. She earned her doctorate at the University of California, Berkeley, and was a post-doctoral researcher focusing on Global climate change at Harvard University.
Kass Hogan PhD, Vice-President, worked at the Institute of Ecosystem Studies for 16 years where as a member of the scientific staff her academic research, publications and nationwide presentations focused on how young people learn about complex ecosystem dynamics. She earned a doctorate in cognitive psychology at SUNY Albany, a master’s of science in environmental studies at Antioch/New England, and studied biology as an undergraduate at Bowdoin College and at College of the Atlantic, where she received a bachelor’s degree in human ecology.
Greg Field is currently the Director of Finance and Operations at the Maine Island Trail Association. In previous positions, Greg has served in Finance & Operations for other small Maine nonprofits. He has served on numerous Boards: most recently as Board Treasurer, then Board President at Maine Initiatives. Greg is an avid vegetable gardener. Through his work at the MITA he has learned firsthand about the spread of invasive species along Maine’s coast. Through his wife Ginny, he is slowly discovering the ways to restore native plants and habitat at their home in Yarmouth.
Lisa Looke is a photographer who manages the image library for Wild Seed Project. Lisa graduated from Bates College with a degree in American Studies. She has worked with non-profits for many years concentrating on development and community relations.